Which Side Of The Sink Should A Dishwasher Go?

Real Estate Agent with Reece & Nichols

Literally, this is food for thought! A buyer called out something I thought was a little quirky when I was recently showing a house. She mentioned the location of the dishwasher. Something I think I've given very little thought to in my lifetime as an adult. But, I do live close to the Culinary INstitute of America (CIA), and my client where my client is a student studying to be a chef.

Now, I've owned 5 houses. Most of the time my dishwasher was to the left of the sink. In my current home it is positioned to the right of my sink. I must admit, that being right-handed, a dishwasher located to the right of my sink makes for easier loading. As far as putting away dishes, I think it all depends on the lay out and design of the kitchen - where the dishes, utensils, and silverware are stored.

I thought of this again this morning, as I was loading my dishwasher. I remembered that my mother has a dishwasher to the left of her sink, my daughter's is to the right. I thought back to times when I am visiting either one of them and I confirmed today that the dishwasher to the right of the sink would indeed be my first choice. Again, as a right-hander.

Certainly, the location of a dishwasher would not be a deal breaker for me!

Do you have a preference - based on comparison of "Kitchen Duty" in various homes??     

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Carol Culkin ABR, SRES, Associate Broker (913) 333-8310

Licensed in Kansas, Missouri and New York

Carol Culkin - Associate Broker for Reece & Nichols, is your source for real estate in Overland Park and the bordering cities of Leawood, Olathe, Mission, Miriam, Lenexa and Shawnee, Stillwell and Spring Hill. Carol has been ranked as an award winning agent and offers her clients over 10 years of real estate experience.


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Barbara S. Duncan
CRS, GRI, e-PRO, Searcy AR
RE/MAX Advantage

Carol, I have a real preference.  I have the dishwasher away from the sink in the island.  Discovering the convenience was accidental.  I had a house that was built with no dishwasher and when we added one it was a rollaway permanently positioned on a side wall.  I loved it there.  When we built a house I put the dishwasher in the island and it works great.

November 11, 2008 02:18 PM
Gary Woltal
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth
Keller Williams Realty

Carol, three of three houses, all dishwashers to the RIGHT of the sink, Do we just do things differently here LOL?

November 11, 2008 09:10 PM
Carol Culkin
Overland Park
Reece & Nichols

Gary - Sounds like you just do things RIGHT (of the sink, that is)!

November 11, 2008 10:35 PM
Steve Shatsky
Dallas Real Estate & Short Sale Specialist (214)213-0340
Prudential Texas Properties

Hi Carol... I usually lean more to the left on political issues, but I definitely lean right on diswasher placement! :)  But if this is a deal breaker for someone then I would say that they didn't really like the house that much anyway.

November 11, 2008 11:08 PM
Lorene Warren
Land Park Specialist & Top Producer for 32 years,
Lyon Real Estate, Sacramento, CA

On the right is for me! But I am also right handed. I would probably want left if I was left handed. I work in old homes and we are lucky to get them in the kitchen at all! Glad you asked, and easy to answer.

November 11, 2008 11:16 PM

Carol Culkin

Overland Park
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